Beautiful High Desert in the American Southwest
Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley
April 21-27, 2018
The iconic landmarks of Arches and Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley are known throughout the world and have been the subject of photographers for many years. This red rock landscape sits in the northern region of the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah but offers so much more than those iconic shots. This workshop will put photographers on location to photograph these landmarks along with many other beautiful breathtaking scenery often overlooked by others.
The contrasting colors of this region gives photographers an array of palettes to work. The saturated warm hues of red, orange and yellow sandstone glow while the blending shadows cast cooler hues forming a colorful composition. These contrasting colors make for some wonderful black and white photography for those who wish to stray for a short while from the colorful landscape. The conversion takes place in post processing but the concept is formed in the field where special attention is given to shadow and highlights and how they play into the finished black and white image.
Our small group size provides the freedom of working at a leisurely pace giving each participant generous amount of time for one on one instruction. Participants learn how to apply what they learn into their work flow with guidance and encouragement each day we spend together. Regardless of your skill level, this workshop is open to all. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a camera and a smile and enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.
What you can expect. You can expect to be the focus of attention. Your photography is paramount and it’s my job to provide the answers that allow you to grow as a photographer. Participants receive lots of one on one instruction in the field along with group discussions. You’ll discover the artist within and build on your skills. Mastering your tools in the field and knowing what they can do for you is the foundation to a successful photo journey. Photographers want to be behind their camera therefore I make every effort to maximize our time in the field and teach with a hands on approach. Learning to see and knowing what to do once you identify your subject is the stepping stone to building a work of art.
Itinerary. Our daily schedule will vary depending on location and weather. Light is the most important ingredient to a rewarding photo shoot. You can expect early mornings and photograph throughout the good morning light. If the weather conditions are favorable for photography throughout the day you can bet we’ll take advantage of it. When afternoon light works against us we’ll take in a critique session and some informal classroom instruction. Late afternoon and into early evening we’ll be back out in the field for more hands on photography instruction and shooting opportunities.
One of many highlights of this tour will be photographing the warm beautiful light streaming across the landscape high on top of Hunts Mesa at sunset and sunrise. This unique opportunity will require us to camp under the stars with incredible views of the valley and towering buttes lit by a nearing full moon (78% Waxing Gibbous). Our overnight on Hunts Mesa is a guided adventure with camping gear, steak dinner, and breakfast included.
Saturday, April 21, 2018: Arrive at Grand Junction Airport by 12 noon. Evening photo shoot in Arches National Park.
Sunday – Wed, April 22-25: Photograph in Arches and Canyonlands National Park. Wednesday we will have a late morning departure for Monument Valley.
Wednesday, April 25: Camp under the stars at Hunt’s Mesa. All camping gear is provided. This is an easy overnight topped off with a wonderful steak dinner prepared over our camp fire. The trek to Hunt’s Mesa is a rough two hour drive over rough desert roads but well worth the rewarding photo opportunities.
Thursday, April 26: AM departure from Hunt’s Mesa and return to Monument Valley Hotel. Evening photoshoot in Monument Valley.
Friday, April 27: Morning departure for Grand Junction Airport.
Summary on Overnight stays:
April 21-24: Moab, Utah (4 nights)
April 25: Under the Stars at Hunt’s Mesa (1 night)
April 26: Monument Valley (1 night)
April 28: Early departure for airport